Make Believe school founder up for national award

PUBLISHED: 08:34 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 08:34 25 April 2014

Joel Kern

Joel Kern


The founder of one of the fastest growing performing arts companies in the UK has won an award for his work.

Joel Kern, managing director of Make Believe, which has a school in

Rangefield Road, Bromley, has been awarded the Federation of Small Business (FSB) Regional Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the south-east. He will compete for the national honour next month.

He founded the company aged 15 in 2004, teaching five youngsters to sing, dance and act. Ten years later, Make Believe has 30 schools across the south-east and has taught 2,500 children.

A production company and talent agency have also been launched, giving many youngsters the chance to tread the boards in the West End.

Mr Kern, of Ilford, said: “Make Believe has been an amazing journey and I believe there is no end to where we can go.”

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